Get rid of unwanted hair quickly! Here are 6 tips and tricks you need to know before you wax anything, from your arms, legs, back, chest, bikini line, lip and eyebrows so that you can have the best experience possible:
1) Avoid Shaving Beforehand
If you decide to shave before your appointment it will only defeat the purpose of getting waxed. It can make the waxing experience more painful and less effective as there is less hair for the wax to latch onto –ouch! Insider tip: for the best results your hair should be about 1/4 of an inch long before your appointment.
2) Take an Anti-Inflammatory
If you take an ibuprofen or another acetaminophen roughly 30 minutes before you wax, especially when getting a Brazilian, it will help reduce swelling. Listen to your Esthetician; you may also want to continue taking over the counter pain medication after your appointment.
Make sure to lightly exfoliate a day or two before your wax. Softly exfoliating prior to your appointment will help minimize the amount of dead skin, oil, and clogged pores so your wax will come out at its best. If you have an excess build-up of dead skin when you are getting waxed it will make it harder for the wax to adhere to the hair.
4) Stay Out of the Sun
Post-wax, your skin is incredibly vulnerable to sunburns so take extra precautions and if you have had your eyebrows, lip, chin or cheeks waxed wear a hat and sunglasses. The general rule of thumb is to keep the area you have waxed covered and protected.
5) Skip the Gym
It’s best to wait anywhere from 24 to 48 hours before you start working out. Waxing can be intrusive on the skin, so you want to give it a break post wax from any friction and rubbing. You can also help your skin heal with ice and aloe to reduce swelling.
6) Avoid Heavy Lotions
Your first instinct after you get your eyebrows or bikini line done may be to lather your skin with a rich creamy lotion- but no! Heavy lotions will only clog your pores, making them inflamed and irritated. Try a light lotion or oil for sensitive skin instead. Products with aloe vera, lavender or chamomile are top notch!
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